Skin it and get as much meat off of it as possible then boil for 1 - 2 hours..Let dry and then soak in peroxide for 2 or 3 days. It should not crack over time unless it is abused. Yellowing may occur but can be simply fixed by soaking again. I wouldnt expect any yellowing unless you smoke around it. Just lay off the cancer sticks.
The local taxidermist boils like you said, then soaks a day or so in peroxide, but then puts a coat of flat white paint on them to keep consistent color. He tapes around the base of the antlers to keep paint off of them.
Have you ever looked all over the house and garage for a piece of hunting equipment or an article of clothing? I sure have... or at least I used to. I found that storing my hunting gear in large containers that are labeled not only saves me time looking but also saves space. I used to have my gear all over the house, taking up space that I needed for other things.
Here's what I do now. I went out and bought some large plastic tubs and everything goes in them. I...